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Charles MacArthur (1895–1956)


"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers out there are starving!" When Patrick Dennis's fictional Auntie Mame uttered this pithy observation, she could have been speaking of Charles MacArthur. Charlie never shied away from the feast, and he certainly never went hungry. Arriving in November 1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Charlie was the second ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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The Scoundrel Writer
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 1988 Switching Channels (play "The Front Page")
 1982 Emmenez-moi au théâtre (TV Series) (play "The Front Page" - 1 episode)
- Spéciale dernière (1982) ... (play "The Front Page")
 1974 The Front Page (play)
 1970 The Front Page (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 Spéciale dernière (TV Movie) (play)
 1963 Reporter (TV Movie)
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo (book)
 1961 Reporter (TV Movie) (co-writer)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Twentieth Century (1956) ... (play)
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- The Front Page (1953) ... (play)
- Twentieth Century (1953) ... (play)
 1950 Perfect Strangers (stage play)
 1949-1950 The Front Page (TV Series) (play - 18 episodes)
- Episode #1.18 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.17 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.16 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.15 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.14 (1949) ... (play - screenplay)
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Twentieth Century (1949) ... (play)
 1948 The Front Page (TV Movie) (play)
 1948 Lulu Belle (play)
 1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet (screenplay)
 1945 The Front Page (TV Movie) (play)
 1940 I Take This Woman (original story)
 1940 His Girl Friday (from the play "The Front Page")
 1939 Wuthering Heights (screen play)
 1939 Gunga Din (story)
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces (uncredited)
 1937 King of Gamblers (uncredited)
 1936 Soak the Rich
 1935 Barbary Coast (screen play)
 1935 Spring Tonic (play "Man Eating Tiger")
 1935 The Scoundrel (story)
 1934 The President Vanishes (uncredited)
 1934 Crime Without Passion (written by)
 1934 Twentieth Century (play - uncredited) / (screenplay)
 1934 Upperworld (story - uncredited)
 1934 Riptide (uncredited)
 1933 The White Sister (uncredited)
 1933/I Topaze (uncredited)
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (screen play)
 1932 Runt Page (Short) (play "The Front Page" - uncredited)
 1932 Freaks (uncredited)
 1931 Hell Divers (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1931 The Unholy Garden (dialogue) / (story)
 1931 Homicide Squad (uncredited)
 1931 Quick Millions (uncredited)
 1931 The Front Page (play)
 1930 Paid (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1930 Way for a Sailor (additional dialogue)
 1930 Billy the Kid (additional dialogue)
 1930 King of Jazz (uncredited)
 1930 The Girl Said No (dialogue - as Charles Macarthur)
 1930 Street of Chance (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(2011 to 2012 season) Ben Hecht and his play, "His Girl Friday," was performed at the Trinity Repertory Company Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. Curt Columbus was director. Eugene Lee was set designer. William Lane was costume designer. Michael Gottlieb was lighting designer. Pete Sasha Hurowitz was sound designer. John ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Charles Macarthur

Spouse:

Helen Hayes  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

James MacArthur
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(About Irving Thalberg) He's too good to last. The lamb doesn't lie down with the lion for long.

Trivia:

Co author with Ben Hecht of The Front Page Story, On the first night Helen Hayes was in the balcony while the authors sat outside on the fire escape. At the end of the show she told them it was a hit and Charles proposed to her and they were together until his death. See more »

Nickname:

Charlie

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